Friday, March 22, 2013

Hanging Folders

So, I go in phases with using Pinterest. Currently, I am in a Pinterest phase, and I am quite inspired to create. It all started when I finally found some fabric to make a valance for my office window. Let me be clear, I will not be making this valance. I am leaving that up to my mom, because I have no skills with a sewing machine. Regardless, it has inspired me to get back to sprucing up the office (a space I share with the cat).

This space is quite small, leaving little room for places to store stuff. I have found myself piling things up on my desk, because there is no space left to store folders. Finding this idea on Pinterest helped solve all my problems.

I created these hanging file folders for use in my office.

I followed directions 1 and 3 from the link provided above. After that point, I used a few modifications. First, I took paper and covered the original folder. Being unable to find folders in the colors I wanted, I just created my own. I did not glue my folders together. I just used the grommets to secure the folders together. I placed a grommet through the folders I was joining together and a grommet in the ribbon I was using. I then laced a different ribbon through all the grommets to allow the folders to hang.

I purchased the ribbon first, so it is really too dark for the paper that I chose. If I could go back, I would probably buy a lighter color ribbon or use a darker brown for the tops of the folders. I am trying to come up with a way to bring that darker brown into it with a little more significance to tie it all together. Not sure where that will lead.

Other than that, I love this method for opening up storage for important papers!

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Wishing for Spring

Woke up this morning to a little snow in the front yard. This was actually the most snow we have had all winter. The problem is that it is the second day of Spring. At this point, I am wishing for warmer weather to stick around. My desire for Spring really inspired me to make some cards for Easter.

I have stayed away from my Cricut these days. Not because I don't love my Cricut, but because I have oodles of stickers. I have been trying to break my habit of purchasing stuff if I don't have a plan for it. The easiest way to do this is to stay away from craft stores.

I created these simple cards by cutting 1x1 inch patterned paper and matting on 1.5x1.5 inch textured card stock. I spaced 6 evenly on the card background and used one of the larger squares to mount a sticker in the center.

This was a quick and easy way to create cards and use some of those stickers.

Here's wishing for Spring!